Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 24, 1993, Allen is the youngest of two and the son of Allen Sr. and Tracie Robinson. Gaining success as a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) at an early age, Robinson thrived on elevating those around him while serving as a true game-changer.
During his kindergarten graduation, Allen spoke into the mic and matter-of-factly stated he was going to be a professional athlete. and in that moment, Allen Sr. and I believed it…although the sport we envisioned at the time, was basketball.Tracie Robinson (Mom)
The awards accumulated for the athletic and vastly talented wide out at Pennsylvania State University, who was selected 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver-of-the-Year, first-team All-American (2013) and All-Big Ten by the coaches, media, BTN.com and ESPN.com.
In 2013, Robinson became the first player (since 1985) to lead the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards for consecutive seasons, ranked third in the nation in receiving yards per game (119.3) and ninth in receptions per game (8.1 average). As a junior Robinson ended his college career with 177 receptions, 2,474 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He maintains the Penn State record for most receptions and yards in a season and tied for second-most touchdowns in a single season as well.
It seemed like everything was moving in slow motion, then Allen out-timed the defender and grabbed it. Going to a white-out game is amazing but to be in that crowd after that catch, was crazy…Allen Robinson Sr. (Dad)
Drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Jacksonville Jaguars, in Robinson’s inaugural NFL season, he started 8 of 10 games gaining a total of 48 receptions, 548 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Before placement on injury reserve (week 10 of the 2014 season), Robinson was 1st among NFL rookie wide receivers with 48 catches. In December 2014, Robinson and teammate Allen Hurns became the first rookie receiver duo to have over 48 catches in NFL history.
Returning with vengeance, Robinson’s sophomore season concluded with 80 receptions for a chart-topping 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. As the team leader in receptions and receiving yards and league leader in receiving touchdowns, he was named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. He finished as the game’s leading receiver with two receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Robinson was also the only player to have more than 100 yards in the game. Following the dynamic season, Robinson was ranked 31st by fellow players in the league on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
“When the ball’s in the air, he’s going to come down with it.” Kyle Carter (Penn State Teammate)
On March 14, 2018 Robinson signed with the storied Chicago Bears organization. Over the course of his four seasons in Jacksonville, he remained an integral part of the team displaying leadership, versatility, passion, a spirit of perseverance and dynamic play-making abilities. He enters the 2018 season ready to amplify those traits and remind all defenders of his dominance on and off the field.
As much pride as Robinson takes in his on-field performance, he maintains an equal passion for positively shaping the community. The creation of Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation affords Robinson the opportunity to impact the lives of those in the greater Chicago communities. With a focus on providing educational opportunities and resources to low-income and inner-city Chicago-area students, the foundation strives to instill the core value in each participating youth “success is within their reach”.
“It’s so much fun giving back and seeing both the kids and their parents smile…” Allen Robinson II
When you’re playing for something greater, the mere win of today is just not enough. Whether in practice, through games or in the way he moves toward impacting the community, at the root of it all is a passion for pushing toward greatness, in the name of family.
Harnessing the love and dedication of a grandfather playing 1-on-1 against him in the backyard, a grandmother taking away the video game controller and handing him a book, a father instilling vital lessons of developing into an upstanding man and the fundamentals of athletics (while coaching from the sidelines), the loudest mother in the stands repeating the importance of understanding “life has no ceilings”, a sister championing him through every milestone and the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends who supported every success along the way — this is a collective journey with Robinson at the wheel.
It’s for the name on the back of the jersey. That’s something I’ve played for my entire life.Allen Robinson II